Black marker on Fringe drawing paper
9 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017If you aren't Canadian you probably don't know
about Tom Thomson. But here's who he is -- the
most famous Canadian painter. Ever. When I
go to the Art Gallery of Ontario -- the major art
gallery in Toronto, I can't leave without looking
at the Tom Thomsons. His work is iconic,
revered, known by so many Canadians. And
why spring? No one captured the wild spring
landscape better than Tom Thomson.
Yet in the art world outside of Canada -- sorry, he is
not known, and certainly people don't have an
image in their minds of what he looks like.
You know Picasso, you know Berthe Morisot,
you know so many artists by their portraits.
But not Tom.
So I did this somewhat inaccurate little sketch
from a blurry photograph. I know I will try
again. But I loved the look of this photo -- of
how young Tom Thomson looked with the fancy
white bow at his neck, and his vest and jacket.
The artist's mysterious death is a story that
haunts Canadians. A consummate canoeist
he died drowning with fishing line wrapped
around his ankles.
Have a knowing-your-national-artists day.